Triggering radiation alarms after radioiodine treatment

Six weeks after his treatment, at Orlando airport a man set off the security alarm at check-in. He was immediately detained and strip-searched. Sniffer dogs were also used. A prolonged period of interrogation ensued. Luckily, he was carrying his radionuclide card with him. He was finally released after a long delay and much embarrassment. Increasing numbers of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involving radioisotopes are being conducted. The most common procedures include thallium scans for myocardial perfusion, ventilation perfusion lung scans, bone scans, iodine uptake scans, and radioactive iodine as treatment for thyroid disorders. For thyrotoxicosis, for example, 10 000 patients […]